By Andrew Lee for Easy Street Records
Who are these guys? I like them. I like them a lot. They have a big, polished, radio-friendly sound and for now I won't hold that against them. It's a pleasure to press play on the debut album of a band I've never heard of and to be so pleasantly surprised.
And this is one of those rare albums where I find myself waiting in vain for all the good songs to be over. Where is the filler here? It all sounds so good I almost don’t trust it. If I wanted to be critical I guess I could say nothing really challenges the listener here. Musically speaking, if Grizfolk is picking the listener up for a date, they don’t sit in the car and honk the horn and then brood mysteriously when you get in. No, Grizfolk comes to the door and walks you to the car. They’ve got flowers for you and all that. They make it easy to like them - if you’re not too jaded that is.
With a name like Grizfolk I expected more guitars I guess. Maybe more of an acoustic flavored folk rock sound. Not so much here. Yes, the guitars are there but there are no big guitar solos and and overall sound of the band seems more keyboards and drums driven. Much of the album is dipped in a poppy, electronic coating that candies everything up nicely. Hooks abound, and you may find yourself singing along pretty quickly. There are multiple moments that sound tailor-made for big crowd concert singalongs.
Speaking of concerts, after listening to Waking Up The Giants I found myself wanting to know more about Grizfolk. Who are the band members, where are they from, what are they like, and what do these guys sound like live? Holden Caulfield said certain books make you "wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it” I say that certain albums make you wish the band was from your hometown and you could go see them live and in concert whenever you felt like it. Waking Up the Giants by Grizfolk is one of those albums. PS, Grizfolk will be at the Crocodile on 1/26!